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Tomato blight a growing problem in northeast

By Julia Green
JR Lawrence’s vegetable garden in the back yard of his Swart Street, Margaretville home is a source of a variety of summer vegetables. Cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beans, carrots, beets, peppers and squash all line the perimeter of his yard, interspersed with floral plants like dahlias and black-eyed Susans.
There is one crop that will be noticeably missing from his late-summer produce, however: tomatoes.
About a month ago, Lawrence’s six tomato plants fell victim to late blight, a disease of which plant pathologists have reported an outburst in the region this summer.


Rag Baskets demo Saturday at Market

Halcottsville — Katherine Somelofski will demonstrate the art of making rag baskets on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the Round Barn in Halcottsville.
Katherine’s “Rag Works” use strips of new and recycled fabric wrapped around ropes to weave objects from Apple baskets to Zephyr lily vases.


Opening reception Saturday at Andes gallery

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Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery will present new works by Woodstock artists Mariella Bisson and Meredith Rosier from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27. The exhibition is comprised of waterfall imagery in watercolor by Bisson and drawings in conte, pastel, gouache and ink by Rosier. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Esopus tuber drowns in Phoenicia accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Kerhonkson man drowned in a tubing accident Sunday afternoon in the Esopus Creek in Phoenicia.
According to Shandaken Police, Peter Debaun, 55, was tubing with a group on the creek when he fell from his tube in strong rapids and his legs became stuck in underwater rocks.


Auxiliary volunteers earn accolades

The sun was shining on the 41st annual Antique, Craft & Flea Market sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center on August 1. This was another banner year with many vendors participating and patrons coming through the gates.


Arkville golfer's drive wins him a new car

George Griffin of Arkville was the lucky winner of a Chevy Cobalt on August 8 when he scored a hole-in-one at the West Oneonta Fire Department Golf Tournament.
George was playing in a foursome with Nelson Delameter, Ralph Ackerley and Bill Blish when he scored the ace. He used a 6-iron on the 175-yard, par 3 ninth hole at the Woodhaven Golf Course in West Oneonta.


Marshall Tucker concert canceled

Delhi — Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Marshall Tucker Band concert scheduled for August 15, 7 p.m. at Clark Sports Center, SUNY Delhi has been canceled.


Arm of the Sea Theater celebrates Hudson

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group celebrates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage of discover on Friday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. with a presentation of “Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson & the River that Discovered Him,” a mask and puppet extravaganza by Arm of the Sea Theater. Admission is free.


Leno bandleader Kevin Eubanks featured at Belleayre Jazz Series

Highmount — The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series turns up the heat when soulful crooner Kevin Mahogany pays tribute to arguably the best jazz singer of them all, Johnny Hartman, on Friday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain.


Catskill Center to lead Scenic Byway Project

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will lead the effort in pursuing a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile stretch of Route 28 in the Catskill Mountain Region.
A designation will stimulate local economies through tourism and recreation and open the door to federal and state moneys. The Central Catskills Collaborative, a group of seven communities along the Route 28 Corridor, recently contracted with The Catskill Center to guide the development of a Corridor Management Plan, a requirement in the Scenic Byway nomination process.


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